Daniel Brick

Bronze Star - 5,535 Points (June 10,1947 / St. Paul MN)

Earth Music


A lone wolf howls
into the night.
Five wolves hear his cry
and venture across the dark ground.

Theirs is a concert of
alternating howls. A man
alone listens. He knows
this earth music. Always

he is attentive to it.
He is patient as their
howls crisscross distances.
Even in his sleep, he is awake,

counting the measures
of the animal noise,
turning it into the concerto
that makes all flesh on earth one spirit.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Edited: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Topic of this poem: natural


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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Northern Minnesota is wolf country and has been for centuries. The wolf is the primary predator of that landscape. As long as wolves hunt deer and other wild game everything is hunky-dory. But when wolves sense a chicken coop with its abundant meat that involves no hunting, they lunge. And farmers go ballistic and want the Department of Natural Resources to protect their investment by hunting down the wolves. Who's right in this controversy? One thing is certain: the wolves aren't wrong, this was their habitat first. In the Twin Cities of the south, we don't have a big population of wolves, we tend to support the wolf and that creates real conflict with our fellow Minnesotans of the northern half of the state. My poem does not address this controversy but it derives from it. Instead I give expression to the presence of wilderness as a necessary element in our existence. My solitary human being is physically and spiritually connected to the wolves. That's his choice, that's his moral imperative. I admire him. That's why he shares this poem with the six wolves.

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  • Freshman - 1,249 Points E Nigma (10/23/2014 8:32:00 PM)

    Theirs is a concert of alternating howls, counting the measures of the animal noise, turning it into the concerto
    that makes all flesh on earth one spirit.

    When I read these lines all I thought of was that these wolves are the unknowing musicians and the man that listens is the conductor arranging the notes within his mind into a symphony of oneness. Earth music is a most appropriate title and this poem is a dark trancelike reminder to those that venture deep into the shadowy forest that wolves though beautiful in their arrangement are not creatures to be trifled with. A very nicely written piece. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,884 Points Hazel Durham (10/16/2014 8:18:00 AM)

    Wolves wild and free in their own habitat, this poem is hauntingly beautiful with the essence of the wolves with their unique howling that sounds so primitive bringing back the past of our forebears who blended into this landscape with all it's hardships! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 476 Points Sana Hernandez (5/2/2014 10:27:00 PM)

    Once more I felt as if I was experiencing your poetry. not so much as a painting in a museum but more toward being in a cabin and hearing the wolves' howls in the forest with the man, quietly listening against a dim, moon lit landscape. I loved it! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,033 Points Noreen Carden (4/14/2014 6:58:00 AM)

    Great description you can almost see the wolves with their heads raised howling and coming together to find strength in the pack.Beautifully written Daniel. Hopefully man will learn to appreciate all gods creatures and realize that animals only kill to eat unlike humans who kill for many other reasons. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 281 Points Daniel Y. (4/9/2014 7:41:00 PM)

    A lovely contemplation of nature, the wolves are a special imagery for the human consciousness, because they are simultaneously a symbol of society and barbarism.

    Your use of the word concerto makes me want to ask you to read my poem, Concerto. Though it has little to do with this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 222 Points Marie Shine (4/7/2014 4:27:00 AM)

    This poem has a special place in my heart, Daniel. It enforces my belief that God's beautiful creatures are our unconditionally loving friends, making us one in creation. Reading your excellently crafted poem, I drew a comparison between the territory of our wolf friends having their home invaded, and the wonderful Native American people enduring the exact same thing. Wolves have endured so much pain because of man's inhumanity to them. Our animal friends have so much to teach us, but sadly, not everybody is open to receiving lessons from them. I love this poem because of the empathy of the person listening to the wolves sing their mournful song, to and with them. I love this line in the poem: 'Theirs is a concert of
    alternating howls.' and also this line: 'Even in his sleep, he is awake', which portrays consciousness at a very deep level. This is a wonderful poem, beautifully narrated. We are all God's creatures, but sadly, mankind does not view life in this way. Ego, I believe is to blame. They feel they are the superior race, not realising that they are spirits having a human experience in this lifetime, that they are here for a reason and that that reason is not to amass wealth, etc, but to grow Spiritually. If they continue to treat our animal friends as they presently do, their spiritual growth will be stunted. I love the old Irish song 'All God's creatures have a place in the choir, some sing lower and some sing higher, some sing out loud on the telephone wire, some just clap their hands or paws or anything they've got! ' It shows that there is a place for each of us on this earth, in this lifetime, but our continued greed ensures that we will never live in peace with others, including our animal friends, or even with ourselves. Excellent use of imagery, alliteration and oxymoron. Daniel, thank you for so very kindly sharing your beautiful poetry, it raises the readers' awareness and challenges their thinking, which may help to create a better relationship between human kind and animal kind, for the better. Blessings always... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Yash Shinde (4/6/2014 11:07:00 PM)

    .......enjoyed this one..............binds together creatures of this earth breathtaking imagery makes it even beautiful........
    ..I cordially invite you to read my poem- '...to bosom thee....I'll rise''..and ''never look like one''..plzz share your views in comments.....regards (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 36 Points Tanya Gupta (4/4/2014 6:11:00 AM)

    very nice poem connected with creatures.

    come and read my poems and give me your views about them. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,018 Points * Sunprincess * (3/29/2014 4:25:00 PM)

    .........and just think over time....our dogs have evolved from the wolves...the wolves are citizens of the earth and they have every right to live and eat....you penned a wonderful write...truly enjoyed this one... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 632 Points Nika Mcguin (3/26/2014 10:57:00 AM)

    This is beautiful! I'm envious, that you live so connected with such lovely creatures. I've heard that there are some red wolves in louisiana, but I've never come in contact with or even heard mentionings of wolves in my area. I would side with the Twin Cities on this. I've often thought about it myself, the fact that humans claim to own land. Yes we pay for the house and yard, but we don't really own the land. We still share it with neighboring animals(including insects unfortunately lol.) Being able to hear the howls of wolves at night, its something i could only fantasies about. Seems like something from a movie to me lol. Anyhow, great write as always, so much that I'm overcome with jealousy lol. So, I'll have to live vicariously through this poem.

    ~Nika (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,983 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (3/25/2014 9:34:00 PM)

    the memory of wolves during my younger days still lingers with me..the last line means something very different..Thank you for sharing.. (Report) Reply

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